No matter how much experience you have running pay-per-click (PPC) ads, a checklist will help you manage your time.
Trying to manage your responsibilities without a checklist can make you skip important tasks even when you’ve performed them routinely for years.
There’s a reason professionals in various industries use checklists – they work. Although the consequences for mistakes are more serious in other industries, checklists are the perfect companion for digital marketers.
Technically, you can’t manage time because it will go on whether you like it or not. We all have the same 24 hours in the day and that won’t change. However, you can manage your tasks within time and that’s what time management is really all about. In other words, it’s about managing your tasks within the boundaries of time.
Time management strategies vary, but they all fall back on the reliability of lists and written tasks. When you’re managing a PPC ad campaign, time management matters. There are so many different components to set up, manage, and optimize, that if you don’t strictly manage your time and tasks, your campaigns will suffer.
The main purpose of a checklist is to help you track recurring tasks within your PPC ad campaigns. Most of the time, you’ll have weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, and bi-monthly tasks. If you haven’t already organized your tasks into a schedule, this article will provide you with an outline to get you started.
Here are some common weekly PPC tasks to add to your checklist:
If your projections indicate that you’re going to overspend, decrease your keyword bids and/or budgets. If your conversions are lacking, adjust your keyword bids or put all of your PPC budget into your highest performing campaigns.
Also, check to see if your campaigns exclude site categories where you don’t want your ads to run. For example, you may not want your ads to run on sites with content related to sexually suggestive content, sensitive social issues, or in-game placements on mobile apps. Many advertisers exclude mobile apps completely because they tend to eat ad budgets due to lower click and conversion rates.
Here are some common bi-weekly PPC tasks to add to your checklist:
This data will help you stop running ads that don’t perform well and add new ad variations to see if you can beat your control for your highest performing ads.
Don’t forget to check in on your retargeting/remarketing ads. And if you haven’t started running these ads yet, it’s something to seriously consider.
Studies have shown that using remarketing ads generate a higher ROI because they bring back potential customers that didn’t convert the first time. Many people who come back to a brand through remarketing end up converting.
Here are some common monthly PPC tasks to add to your checklist:
Check your account to ensure you’re targeting the right networks, devices, languages, locations, and any other specific demographics you have set.
Hopefully, you’ve been testing different landing pages with your ads. If so, run a Final URL report to identify underperforming landing pages and send your traffic to the pages that are converting better. Then, look at your landing pages to see if you can identify why they’re not performing as well. Continue your split testing by creating more landing pages based on the ones that perform the best and keep testing your page elements.
Here are some common bi-monthly PPC tasks to add to your checklist:
When you identify locations that aren’t performing well, add negative keyword modifiers to eliminate untargeted or ineligible clicks. Then, add positive bid modifiers on your locations that are performing well.
As you can see, there are plenty of tasks to perform on regular schedules in order to keep your PPC ad campaign running optimally. By creating your own checklist, you’ll be giving yourself a valuable tool that will keep track of your tasks better than your memory.
Countless studies have proven that human memory is unreliable, especially when it comes to details. This is seen most clearly in experiments designed to determine eyewitness reliability. In these experiments, witnesses struggle to remember basic things like the color of a suspect’s clothing, their height, and even their physical features.
Don’t rely on your memory to manage your PPC ad campaigns. While you might be able to remember some things, you’ll never remember everything. Additionally, having a checklist makes your job easier because you can simply go down the list and check things off as you complete each task.
Having a list also makes it easier for you to schedule your tasks in your calendar and set those tasks as recurring items. Having a to-do list is great, but if you don’t also schedule your tasks you’re likely to skip important things.
Running a PPC ad campaign takes a lot of work and isn’t really suited as a one-person job. If you want big results from your PPC ads, you need a team to manage your campaigns.
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